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Change to Subject Headings in Distributed NLM CATLINE and SERLINE Products

In June 2015, NLM proposed discontinuing distribution of its bibliographic records with artificially reconstructed subject strings in CATLINE and SERLINE products, as detailed in the NLM Technical Bulletin article Discontinuing Distribution of Cataloging Bibliographic Records with Artificially Reconstructed Subject Strings—Comment by August 31, 2015. This proposal was sent to the Regional Medical Libraries, MEDLIB, and MEDCAT discussion lists, as well as to subscribers of the NLM MARC21 files. Responses to the proposal were unanimously in favor of discontinuing the distribution of subject strings and having the records in the distributed files match the records as they appear in LocatorPlus and the NLM Catalog.

Therefore, NLM is pleased to announce that beginning with the December 2015 distribution of new records in CATFILE and SERFILE, NLM subject terms will be distributed with topical subjects recorded in 650 $a or 650 $a $x; geographic subjects recorded in 651 $a or 651 $a $x; and publication type/genre terms record in 655 $a. In January 2016, the entire CATFILE and SERFILE databases will be released with these updates made to all the records. Libraries that want their data to be consistent with the NLM files are encouraged to download the full update.

Apply Now to Host NLM “Native Voices” Traveling Exhibition!

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The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), invites applications for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries. The exhibit explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

This opportunity is open to public libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, tribal college libraries and special libraries. Libraries serving Native populations are especially invited to apply, and partnerships between libraries and Native-serving organizations are encouraged. The exhibition will tour from February 2016 through June 2020 at up to 104 institutions for six-week periods. For full guidelines and exhibit specifications, visit the online application site. Applications are due by November 6!

Selected sites will receive:

  • the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan period;
  • a $250 programming grant;
  • training through a required project webinar and online project support materials; and
  • a publicity kit to help with local promotion.

The traveling exhibit requires 35 linear feet of display space and comprises six standing banners, six iPads pre-loaded with video content, and six iPad stands. No internet connection is required, but an electrical connection is needed. Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM from 2011 to 2015. Visit the site to learn more about content from the exhibition.

DOCLINE Support of Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Ending October 1, 2015

DOCLINE will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) or Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) as of October 1, 2015. DOCLINE may continue to work with these browsers, however NLM staff will not test new versions of DOCLINE and Loansome Doc with them, nor fix any future issues that occur only in IE8 or IE9. Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10, as of January 2016, so NLM encourages users to upgrade to IE11, if possible. Microsoft’s Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer blog page provides a good explanation of why IE users should upgrade to the most current version. NLM understands the challenges of different browser version requirements from multiple systems in library environments, particularly in hospitals, so it encourages libraries to begin talking to their local IT departments about upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, or the latest version of Firefox. Users upgrading their browsers should update browser settings for use with DOCLINE. Visit the DOCLINE System Requirements page for instructions.

The DOCLINE Team at NLM is completing development of DOCLINE 5.2. This release will be tested with the current Internet Explorer version (11) and the previous version (10), as well as Firefox. Version 5.2 will add a library schedule feature, which will allow multiple “out of office” date ranges over the course of a year. With the DOCLINE 5.2 release, libraries may no longer be set to ‘Temporarily Inactive’ status without an ‘Active’ (re-activation, resume lending) date in the Institution record. Feel free to reach out with questions to DOCLINE customer support by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE and filling out the “Ask a Question” form, or go directly to the Ask a Question About Using DOCLINE page.

HHS Issues Notice of Proposed Revised Regulations to Protect Participants in Research Studies

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to revise the Common Rule for the protection of human participants in research. It is now posted on the Federal Register’s public inspection website and will appear on Tuesday, September 8, in the printed version of the Federal Register for a 90-day public comment period. The major reforms propose to: 1) calibrate oversight to level of risk; 2) enhance respect for research participants; 3) facilitate broad participation in research; 4) increase privacy and security safeguards for research with biospecimens and data; 5) simplify consent documents; and 6) streamline IRB review. All interested stakeholders are encouraged to review the proposed revisions and make comments.

CMS Announces $67 Million in Grant Funding to Support Affordable Care Act Outreach

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded $67 million in three-year Marketplace Navigator grant funding to assist consumers in signing up for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2016. With Marketplace Open Enrollment set to begin on November 1, 2015, the grant awards will support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they enroll in a health plan that fits their budget and best meets their family’s needs, and seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at Awards were made to 100 organizations located in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces, State Partnership Marketplaces, and supported State-Based Marketplaces.

Navigators and assisters are trained specialists who provide consumers in their communities with in-person help, answering their questions about their health insurance and financial assistance options and assisting them as they complete their application. Navigators and assisters are knowledgeable about the range of health plans available on as well as other public health insurance programs offered in their state, including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In addition to Navigators, Marketplaces make other resources available to consumers to help them access Marketplace coverage, such as certified application counselors, non-navigator assistance personnel (also known as in-person assisters), and agents and brokers. A list of HHS Navigator awardees, as well as more information about Navigators and other Marketplace resources is available by visiting the CMS web site.

New NLM Resource for Nursing Standards and Interoperability

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new web page, Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability. The page is a resource for nurses, students, informaticians, and anyone interested in nursing terminologies for systems development. It describes the role of SNOMED CT and Laboratory Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) in implementing Meaningful Use in the United States, specifically for the nursing care domain.

NLM has provided this resource in response to the position statement released by the American Nurses Association (ANA) that reaffirms support for use of recognized terminologies in coding nursing problems, interventions and observations (SNOMED CT), and in nursing assessments and outcomes (LOINC). In addition to SNOMED CT and LOINC, the Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability page provides information about other highly utilized nursing terminologies. The resource page provides a new two-minute video tutorial that describes how to use the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus Browser to find Concept Unique Identifiers (CUIs) and extract concept-level synonyms between SNOMED CT and other nursing terminologies. Additionally, links to other NLM Terminology resources and helpful resources are provided.

NLM welcomes feedback on the Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability page. Please send comments to NLM Customer Service.

NIH Posts Vacancy Announcement for National Library of Medicine Director

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates who are energetic, innovative, and solution-oriented for the important position of Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM). This is a senior position with responsibilities focused on the direction and management of the world’s largest biomedical library and electronic information and data resources that are used billions of times each year by millions of people and thousands of computer systems worldwide. The NLM will also move towards becoming the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise, and will include the activities initiated under the Big Data to Knowledge program. The NLM has a staff of approximately 1600 employees including full-time equivalency positions, training positions, contractors, volunteers, and guest researchers. The current annual budget is $387,134,000.

Applicants must submit a current CV and bibliography electronically to Ms. Regina Reiter, (301) 402-1130. In addition, applicants must also submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses the qualifications requirements (not to exceed a total of two pages), a vision statement (not to exceed a total of two pages), and provide the names, titles, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 4-5 references. Applications will be reviewed starting October 20, 2015 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for an exceptional leader to serve as the chief visionary for NLM and lead all aspects of this highly complex organization. The Director, NLM, serves as the principal advisor to the Director, NIH, concerning matters related to biomedical informatics and access to biomedical information. Applicants must possess a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable doctorate degree in a field of health science plus senior-level scientific experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more areas related to biomedical informatics, computational biology, data science and standards, biomedical communications, and health information technology. The individual should be known and respected, both nationally and internationally, within their profession as someone of scientific prominence, with a distinguished record of research accomplishments and leadership credentials.

Class of 2015 Association of Health Care Journalists-NLM Fellows Announced

The 2015 Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)-National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellows class features nine reporters and editors representing diverse media backgrounds. Now in its seventh year, the program brings journalists selected by AHCJ to NLM for four days of training to better use some of NLM’s health information resources, such as PubMed, PubMed Health, Genetics Home Reference, TOXMAP,, and MedlinePlus. This year’s Fellows class will be at NLM September 28-October 1. The 2015 AHCJ-NLM Fellows also will receive briefings about health care issues, such as the adoption of electronic health records by patients and health care providers, as well as consumer health resources provided by the National Cancer Institute. For the second year, the Fellows will meet with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to learn more about comparative clinical effectiveness research.

The 2015 AHCJ-NLM Fellows are:

  • Parker Brown, staff writer, MedPage Today
  • Kay Colby, health producer, WVIZ/PBS, WCPN/NPR, ideastream
  • Andrea King Collier, independent journalist, Lansing, MI
  • Alison Fitzgerald, correspondent, National Public Radio
  • Lisa Gillespie, reporter, Kaiser Health News
  • Marlene Harris-Taylor, medical editor/health writer, The Toledo (Ohio) Blade
  • Matthew Perrone, health reporter, Associated Press
  • Rebecca Shannonhouse, editor in chief, Bottom Line/Health
  • Alexander Smith, health/science reporter, KCUR-Kansas City / Heartland Health Monitor

New e-Science Portal Launched!

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The NN/LM New England Region has announced the launch of the newly redesigned e-Science Portal for New England Librarians. Along with a new look, features of the e-Science Portal 2.0 include:

  • A “Getting started with e-Science” quick guide
  • Events calendar and Twitter feed
  • Links to recent e-Science Community blog posts
  • Prominent hyperlinks to e-Science Partner Projects (New England e-Science Symposium, Science Boot Camp, New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC), Journal of eScience Librarianship)
  • Reorganized content headings (e.g. About, Connect with Others, Data Management, and Research Environment sections)
  • Links to data tools posted on a delegated “Data Tools” page as well as in relevant pages such as data curation
  • Editor’s photo, biography, and contact form on portal pages

For further details about the portal redesign, visit the e-Science Community blog post Portal 2.0 is here, by Jen Ferguson, co-chair of the e-Science Portal Editorial Board.

Data Science Training Opportunity September 21-23 in Baltimore

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program and the NIH Library are pleased to join the Johns Hopkins (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics in announcing the first JHU DaSH, Data Science Hackathon, on September 21-23, 2015, in Baltimore.

The event organizers, Drs. Brian Caffo, Leah Jager, Jeff Leek and Roger Peng, include JHU professors who teach the popular Coursera Data Science Specialization. This Data Science Hackathon will provide an opportunity for hands-on training that reinforces and builds on data management and analysis skills, and provides a local opportunity for NIH scientists and trainees to participate in a data science Hackathon. For questions about the Hackathon, contact Lisa Federer at the NIH Library.